Strategic Reserve: Volumes & Prices

Elia has been instructed to constitute a strategic reserve electricity volume to cover an eventual structural deficit in generation during the winter period.

In accordance to the Minister’s instructions and to art.7 quater of the Electricity law Elia has constituted for each winterperiod the following volumes.

Contracted volumes and prices for strategic reserve

Delivery period  Strategic Reserve Type
Total Contracted Volume [MW]
Average Price [€/MW/h] Average activation price [€/MWh](2) Generation Load type
Winter period 
 SGR  1 177,1(1)  10,62 62,44(3) Generation
Winter period 
 SDR  358,4  9,76 736,73 Load
Winter period 
 SGR  750(1)  8-10(4) 65-85(3)(4)(5) Generation
Winter period 
 SGR  725  6-8(4) 70-90(3)(4)(6) Generation
Winter period 
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  • (1)
    These volumes were constituted in two call for tenders (first one organized in 2014 in which 750 MW were procured for 3 winter periods and the second one organized in 2015 in which 427,1 MW were procured for the 2015-2016 winter period). The volumes of the 2016-2017 only correspond to the volumes constituted in the call for tender organized in 2014 as no additional volume was constituted for 2016-2017.
  • (2)
    Weighted average MWh price for an activation of 4 hours.
  • (3)
    The SGR activation price is the result of a formula, described in the Functioning Rules of Strategic Reserve, which includes the daily fuel, CO2 and the cold activation prices.
  • (4)
    Elia indicates for the 2016-2017 winter period a range of prices (non symmetrical) in which the average prices are included in order to respect confidentiality of prices offered by the suppliers.
  • (5)
    The calculation of average variable costs represented here is made based on the fuel and CO2 prices of January 25th, 2016 for the 2015-2016 winter period and of November 29th, 2016 for the 2016-2017 winter period.
  • (6)
    The calculation of average variable costs represented here is made based on the fuel and CO2 prices of November 16th, 2017 for the 2017-2018 winter period.

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